Malik Agbo, a four-star offensive tackle from Todd Beamer High School, is headed to Texas.
Agbo announced his decision on Dec. 15, Early Signing Day.
Seated beside his parents and sister in Todd Beamer’s gymnasium, Agbo thanked God, his family members and his teammates from both the football and basketball teams for their support.
“Moment of truth right here,” he said. “For the next three or four years, I’ll be attending the University of Texas.”
Beaming, he proudly placed the orange Texas Longhorns cap on his head.
Friends called from the crowd: “Malik! That hat looks real good … You’re going to look good in that helmet!”
The 6-foot-5 inch, 320-pound senior is ranked fifth in the state, according to CBS Sports. He is ranked 272nd overall and ranks 22nd as an offensive tackle in the 2022 recruiting class.
Agbo received 17 offers from universities ranging coast to coast — the University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University, Arizona State, Louisiana State University, and University of Alabama were some of his many offers.
Agbo’s final four were Auburn University, the University of Miami, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas at Austin.
For a player as talented as Agbo, the past few years of football offers have been like dating multiple people, but only one gets to go to the dance, said Darren McKay, former head coach of Todd Beamer football.
Signing day is break-up day, McKay joked.
McKay coached Agbo for two years before his departure from the Todd Beamer Titans. With over 20 years of coaching experience, McKay said connections like the one he has with Agbo are rare.
In fact, before McKay left for his new gig coaching Curtis High School football, Agbo was a reason that he considered during his decision, he said on Dec. 15.
“If you don’t know Malik and only looked at him for his physical gifts, you’d really be missing a lot,” McKay said, highlighting his genuine personality and “Eddie Murphy” laugh.
Size and stature are often the first characteristics people notice about Agbo. But what’s bigger than him, is his love for the game, said Reggie Jones, founder of Heir Football Academy.
“I love Malik as a kid, as a person … he’s full of smiles, full of laughs. He loves life.”
When the Heir Football team attended a previous 7-on-7 tournament, Jones said Agbo asked to ride with them even though he wasn’t going to play.
“He said, ‘I’ll hold the boombox,’” Jones recalled. Agbo wanted to be there on the sidelines, cheering on his teammates, surrounded by the game.
“Those are the kind of guys who make it,” Jones said. “The guys who love the game of football.”